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Schumann: Complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano / Nicholas DiEugenio, violin; Chi-Chen Wu, piano

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in A minor, WoO 27
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Notes & Reviews:

Robert Schumann's three sonatas for violin and piano embody the 19th century German Romantic perspective. Entering Schumann's unique sound world, violinist Nicholas DiEugenio and pianist Chi-Chen Wu draw further inspiration from the builder Rodney Regier's unique creation of a fortepiano that embodies the ideal characteristics of instruments by Vienna's greatest early 19th century builders, Conrad Graf and Ignaz Bösendorfer. The release of this disc, the first to feature performances of all three sonatas on a fortepiano, is an important contribution to the appreciation of these expressive and inventive works.

Robert Schumann's three sonatas for violin and piano embody the 19th century German Romantic perspective. Entering Schumann's unique sound world, violinist Nicholas Di Eugenio and pianist Chi-Chen Wu draw further inspiration from the builder Rodney Regier's unique creation of a fortepiano that embodies the ideal characteristics of instruments by Vienna's greatest early 19th century builders, Conrad Graf and Ignaz Bösendorfer. The release of this disc, the first to feature performances of all three sonatas on a fortepiano, is an important contribution to the appreciation of these expressive and inventive works.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The duo includes Violin Sonata 3 here. Like the violin concerto, Joseph Joachim saw fit to shelve this work, and I agree with that. After listening to the first two sonatas, the Third is a let-down. If you want to hear it played better than I have heard it played before, this is the performance to get; and the first two sonatas are interpreted brilliantly, largely thanks to Wu, I suspect, but she and DiEugenio may well have a special chemistry. If you love these sonatas, this disc is a must-have.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Franco-American Heritage Center, Maine (05/23/2011-05/25/2011).



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>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
  • Performers: Nicholas DiEugenio (Violin); Chi-Chen Wu (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Franco-American Heritage Center, Maine (05/23/2011-05/25/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121
  • Performers: Nicholas DiEugenio (Violin); Chi-Chen Wu (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Franco-American Heritage Center, Maine (05/23/2011-05/25/2011)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in A minor, WoO 27
  • Performers: Nicholas DiEugenio (Violin); Chi-Chen Wu (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Franco-American Heritage Center, Maine (05/23/2011-05/25/2011)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853